Michael Mack, CEO of Syngenta, said some of the debate over food technologies like GMOs is "a Western luxury."
"Two billion people don't have enough micronutrients, a billion people don't have enough macronutrients, two billion people are overweight. So the conversation around such things as technologies, and GMO is just one of many technologies," Mack told HuffPost Live at Davos. "These are all part of the debate, but let's not lose sight of the really big issues that are going on, which is seven billion people are going to become ten [billion], and technologies, and food production systems, and safety, and health are all part of the mix over the long term."
Mack argued that transparency over GMOs "is getting pretty tightly wound together with labeling," saying people in the U.S. have "failed to appreciate" that labeling was always done for the purposes of safety.
"I think it is useful and important for people to imagine, 'where's my food coming from?'" Mack said.
"What people don't appreciate is just how intensive agriculture is around the world," Mack added.
Below, live updates from the 2015 Davos Annual Meeting:
01/24/2015 8:58 AM EST
McAfee On Evolution And Technology
"Evolution has wired us; we have social drives," McAfee said.
"Could there be a piece of technology that figures out an intelligent next question to ask somebody? Yeah," McAfee said.
01/24/2015 8:57 AM EST
'Making Workers Obsolete'
"For 200 years of industrial technology, we've been making workers obsolete," McAfee said.
McAfee said nobody knows if we're reaching the point where technological developments could lead to unemployment.
01/24/2015 8:56 AM EST
Andrew McAfee At Davos
Andrew McAfee of the MIT Sloan School of Management on HuffPost Live
01/24/2015 8:46 AM EST
Bruder On The Barriers Women Face
"We strive to have the majority of our graduates female," EFE's Ron Bruder said.
"I don't think there's an official barrier but there's a social and structural barrier in a lot of these countries toward women," Bruder added.
Bruder said his company creates local foundations, and those foundations tackle those issues on EFE's behalf.
01/24/2015 8:42 AM EST
EFE's McAuliffe And Bruder: Young People Need Jobs
EFE's president and CEO Jamie McAuliffe, along with founder and chair Ron Bruder, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday.
Bruder said it's vital to the global economy that youths have jobs.
McAuliffe said EFE starts with businesses.
"Where are the jobs?" he said.
01/24/2015 8:14 AM EST
'Every Woman Has The Opportunity To Be An Activist'
Catchafire Founder & CEO Rachael Chong joins HuffPost Live to share her thoughts on how to get more women to Davos.
01/24/2015 8:11 AM EST
'Doing Less, But Better'
Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, said his book grew out of working with people who are really successful.
"Success can become a catalyst for failure," he said.
McKeown said leaders at Davos have experience with plateauing after achieving professional success. To avoid that, McKeown said, people must find a way to expand their contribution without doing more.
"The whole idea is about doing less, but better," he said.
01/24/2015 8:00 AM EST
Online Data Is Like Money
"In some sense, we're the next generation of banks," Smith said, noting you wouldn't put your data in a place you don't trust just like you wouldn't deposit your money at a bank you don't feel is stable.
01/24/2015 7:59 AM EST
Hacking Crime Difficulties
Smith said the most difficult part about investigating a hacking crime is identifying and finding a hacker.
"Our prisons are not full of hackers," Smith said, noting hackers are often in countries outside the U.S.
01/24/2015 7:57 AM EST
Brad Smith At Davos
Brad Smith at Davos